2018 04 22: Little Children, Love One Another

There is a wonderful story we have about St. John, the author of today’s Gospel and our epistle lesson.  Tradition has it that all of the twelve disciples of Jesus except for John died a martyr’s death.  John however lived to a very great age, ministering to the end to the churches he founded around Ephesus.  The story is that John as he aged grew short of breath, and as he became older and weaker his sermons grew shorter and shorter.  Toward the end of his life, his sermons had shrunk to just one line.  John would be lifted up and carried to the front of the church, and his sermon would simply be: “Little children, love one another.”